Istanbul Bomb Blast: In Turkey, a suspect has been arrested in the bomb blast case on Istanbul’s very famous Istiklal Avenue. Turkish Interior Minister Suleiman Soylu blamed the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) for the attack. He said that in the initial investigation it has been found that the PKK terrorist organization is behind this. However, no information has been shared about the person who has been arrested. If sources are to be believed, the police have so far arrested a total of 22 people in this case, who are being interrogated. Six people were killed and 53 were injured in this attack on the evening of Sunday (November 13) in Istanbul.
Turkish President Rajab Tayyab Erdogan has called it a terrorist attack. He said that all the criminals involved in this will be caught and punished. Erdoan said four people died at the scene and 2 in hospital. Many people have been injured in the bomb blast, who are being treated in the hospital. The Kurdistan Workers Party is said to be behind this attack.
Turkey’s border with 8 countries
Turkey shares borders with eight countries and has a total population of 85 million, of which 74 percent are Sunni Muslims. Significantly, Turkey was established after the Osmania Sultanate. Turkey had followed a policy of secularism since 1928. Despite this, the influence of Islam was still seen in the society and politics here. Turkish President Erdoan initially tried to strike a balance between Islam and secularism. Between 2014 and 2016, Turkey promoted a policy of “no conflict of any kind” with neighboring countries.
Protest against Kurdish independence
Turkey has a conflict with the West because of the Kurds. The population of Kurds is two crore. They are spread over four countries (Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran). At the same time, Kurds in Turkey are in good numbers in the area of East Antolia. There, Kurds make up 55 percent of the population, which is 20 percent of Turkey’s total population. Turkey has been engaged in suppressing the fight for Kurdish independence for a long time. Not only this, since 2015, Turkey has increased repression against Kurdish leaders and important members of civil society. At the same time, Turkish President Erdoan feels that due to the increasing influence of Kurds in Syria, the morale of Kurds regarding separatism may increase in Turkey as well.
coup attempt in 2016
There was a failed coup attempt in Turkey in 2016. In the Turkish capital Ankara, tanks were seen on the streets and helicopters in the sky. Even before this, Turkey has been a witness to the coup. Earlier, the army had done a coup 4 times, achieving success in its efforts, but this time it could not get this success. It was claimed that this coup attempt did not have the support of any high official of the army.
At the same time, Turkey’s main opposition party also condemned this attempt to overthrow the government. Therefore, this army coup attempt could not be successful. At the same time, about 3000 soldiers involved in this conspiracy were arrested.
The post of Prime Minister ended in 2017
After suppressing the military rebellion in Turkey, elections were held there in June. In this, Erdoan was re-elected president by getting more than 52 percent of the vote. Erdoan was Turkey’s prime minister for 11 years before becoming Turkey’s president in 2014, but now the post of prime minister in Turkey has been abolished and all executive powers transferred to the president, based on a 2017 referendum. After this, Erdoan became the most powerful ruler of Turkey.